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Sports in the Philippines is an important part of the country's culture.There are six major sports in the Philippines: basketball, boxing, tennis, football, billiards, and volleyball. Despite being a tropical nation, ice skating has recently become a popular sport in the Philippines. Sports such as athletics, weightlifting, aerobics, and martial arts are also popular recreations. On July 27, 2009, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Republic Act No. 9850 into law, declaring Arnis as the Philippine National Martial Art and Sport.

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  • Sports in the Philippines is an important part of the country's culture.There are six major sports in the Philippines: basketball, boxing, tennis, football, billiards, and volleyball. Despite being a tropical nation, ice skating has recently become a popular sport in the Philippines. Sports such as athletics, weightlifting, aerobics, and martial arts are also popular recreations. On July 27, 2009, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Republic Act No. 9850 into law, declaring Arnis as the Philippine National Martial Art and Sport.
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  • Sports in the Philippines is an important part of the country's culture.There are six major sports in the Philippines: basketball, boxing, tennis, football, billiards, and volleyball. Despite being a tropical nation, ice skating has recently become a popular sport in the Philippines. Sports such as athletics, weightlifting, aerobics, and martial arts are also popular recreations. On July 27, 2009, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Republic Act No. 9850 into law, declaring Arnis as the Philippine National Martial Art and Sport.
  • Sports in the Philippines is an important part of the country's culture.There are six major sports in the Philippines: basketball, boxing, tennis, football, billiards, and volleyball. Despite being a tropical nation, ice skating has recently become a popular sport in the Philippines. Sports such as athletics, weightlifting, aerobics, and martial arts are also popular recreations. Among other sports are American football, baseball, bowling, swimming, taekwondo, wrestling, underwater diving, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, cockfighting, horse racing, rugby football, motor racing, sepak takraw, and jai alai are also appreciated. With the sport of cockfighting being wildly popular in the Philippines, attracting large crowds who bet on the outcome of fights between the birds, and the sport itself a popular form of fertility worship among almost all Southeast Asians. Such sports activity as the sport of cockfighting, related to ritual forms of worship as practices and rituals of ancient worship intended for the blessings of the supernatural, as "in Indus Valley and other ancient civilizations, mother goddess had been invoked for fertility and prosperity" which included that religious cockfight lay as a prime example of "cultural synthesis of 'little' and 'great' cultures" On July 27, 2009, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Republic Act No. 9850 into law, declaring Arnis as the Philippine National Martial Art and Sport. Sports remain a popular aspect of Philippine culture. As such, the country's government has had several attempts at improving its athletics program through various Republic Acts and Senate Bills, however, implementation of such laws have been put aside by many local governments so they can focus more on poverty alleviation. Meanwhile, each sporting community hosts/joins both local and international tournaments with the purpose of building itself and/or gauging itself against its peers. There have been a campaign to mandate the government to give free aid to Filipino athletes in preparation and participation in international sports events. The country has received at least five (Summer and Winter) Olympic bronze medals in only three sports since the 1920s: swimming, boxing, and weightlifting. Plans are ongoing to prioritize the welfare of athletes in the country to improve the Olympic rating of the Philippines. The re-establishment of the now defunct Department of Sports (Philippines) or the inclusion of the Sports Commission under the proposed Department of Culture have been subject for debate.
  • Sports in the Philippines is an important part of the country's culture.There are six major sports in the Philippines: basketball, boxing, tennis, football, billiards, and volleyball. Despite being a tropical nation, ice skating has recently become a popular sport in the Philippines. Sports such as athletics, weightlifting, aerobics, and martial arts are also popular recreations. Among other sports are American football, baseball, bowling, swimming, taekwondo, wrestling, underwater diving, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, cockfighting, horse racing, rugby football, motor racing, sepak takraw, and jai alai are also appreciated. On July 27, 2009, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Republic Act No. 9850 into law, declaring Arnis as the Philippine National Martial Art and Sport. Sports remain a popular aspect of Philippine culture. As such, the country's government has had several attempts at improving its athletics program through various Republic Acts and Senate Bills, however, implementation of such laws have been put aside by many local governments so they can focus more on poverty alleviation. Meanwhile, each sporting community hosts/joins both local and international tournaments with the purpose of building itself and/or gauging itself against its peers. There have been a campaign to mandate the government to give free aid to Filipino athletes in preparation and participation in international sports events. The country has received at least five (Summer and Winter) Olympic bronze medals in only three sports since the 1920s: swimming, boxing, and weightlifting. Plans are ongoing to prioritize the welfare of athletes in the country to improve the Olympic rating of the Philippines. The re-establishment of the now defunct Department of Sports (Philippines) or the inclusion of the Sports Commission under the proposed Department of Culture have been subject for debate.
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